There was a rare sighting over the weekend in West LA: people were recreating inside Bundy Triangle Park.
Los Angeles City Councilmember Bill Rosendahl officially reopened the park over the weekend, which was one of his goals since he was first elected back in 2005.
As many of you know, the park has been closed for several years. The fence that currently lines the perimeter was installed by Councilmember Marvin Braude and was a necessity to prevent homeless encampments and reduce opportunities for crime.
More recently, in an effort to turn things around, park supporters and the community decided to vet ideas for reopening the space. Ideas ranged from establishing a traditional newsstand at the park to creating an open plaza. During brainstorming, blogger Joel Epstein featured Bundy Triangle Park on Huffington Post and urged the City to tear down this fence. The fence remains, but at least there was consensus to reopen the park to public use by permit.
“I’m thrilled the public will once again be able to enjoy Bundy Triangle Park,” said Rosendahl. “Reopening the gated green space along Santa Monica Blvd has been a dream of mine since taking office, and I want to extend my sincere appreciation to blogger Joel Epstein for his advocacy to restore public use to the Triangle. I look forward to a wide range of positive activities at the park that will benefit the entire community and bring new energy to the area.” [SOURCE]
The School of Martial Arts West LA is the first permittee. The instructor and his students (pictured) are the first to use the space since it reopened and joined the Councilmember to make the announcement.
Those interested in learning more about the permit and how to obtain one should contact Rosendahl’s West LA office at 310-575-8461.
Read about other parks that the Councilmember has worked to create or maintain during his time in office: